FR Doc 04-16149
[Federal Register: July 16, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 136)]
[Notices]               
[Page 42775-42776]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion: South Dakota State Archaeological 
Research Center, Rapid City, SD, and U.S. Department of Defense, Army 
Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, Omaha, NE

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves 
Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3003, of the 
completion of an inventory of human remains in the possession of the 
State Archaeological Research Center, Rapid City, SD, and in the 
control of the U.S. Department of Defense, Army Corps of Engineers, 
Omaha District, Omaha, NE. The human remains were removed from a site 
located along Lake Francis Case in South Dakota.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's 
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003 (d)(3). 
The determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the 
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the Native 
American human remains and associated funerary objects. The National 
Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the South 
Dakota State Archaeological Research Center and the U.S. Army Corps of 
Engineers, Omaha District, professional staff in consultation with 
representatives of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma and the 
Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, 
Montana.
    In 1993, a human cranium, representing one individual, was 
confiscated from a Platte, SD, bait shop by a State trooper. The shop 
owner stated that the human remains were recovered while he was fishing 
along the Missouri River, probably in Gregory County, SD. The river in 
Gregory County forms part of Lake Francis Case. The human remains were 
turned over to the South Dakota State Archaeological Research Center. 
In 1995, the remains were submitted to the University of Tennessee, 
Knoxville for examination by physical anthropologists. The age of the 
human remains was not determined. No known individuals were identified. 
No associated funerary objects are present.
    Based on the probable location from which the human remains were 
removed and the physical examination of the human remains, this 
individual has been identified as Native American. Geographic, 
archeological, and physical anthropological data and Cheyenne oral 
tradition indicate that the human remains are likely affiliated with 
the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne Indian 
Reservation, Montana.
    Officials of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, have 
determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains 
listed above represent the physical remains of one individual of Native 
American ancestry. Officials of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha 
District, also have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), 
there is a relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably 
traced between the Native

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American human remains and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern 
Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Sandra 
Barnum, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, 106 South 15th 
Street, Omaha, NE 68102, telephone (402) 221-4895, before August 16, 
2004. Repatriation of the human remains to the Northern Cheyenne Tribe 
of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana may proceed after 
that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, is responsible 
for notifying the Northern Cheyenne of the Northern Cheyenne Indian 
Reservation, Montana and the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma that 
this notice has been published.

    Dated: May 28, 2004
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources.
[FR Doc. 04-16149 Filed 7-15-04; 8:45 am]

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